A world-class documentary on the life and career of Lalo Guerrero,
produced by Nancy De Los Santos and my brother, Dan Guerrero.
I was the music supervisor on the project and my song, "The
Ballad of Lalo Guerrero," is played on the end credits.
The documentary features many luminaries commenting on Lalo
Guerrero's influence and impact on Chicano music and
culture including Linda Ronstadt, Ry Cooder, Los Lobos, Flaco
Jimenez, Paul Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Edward James Olmos,
Luis Valdez, Cesar Chavez, and others. "Lalo Guerrero:
The Original Chicano" was nominated for an Alma award
and won an Imagen Award for best documentary in 2007.
The documentary has been airing on PBS stations since the
fall of 2006 as part of the "Voces" series, "a
journey DEEP in the HEART and SOUL of LATINO CULTURE."
See poster below and scroll down further info and to see the
DVD/CD cover and how to order it.
See some of the markets
and dates in which it aired in 2006 below:
- Los Angeles, CA -
Thursday, 10/12 @ 8PM
- Los Angeles,
– 10/24 @ 10PM
- 11/23 @ 10 PM
- 9/28 @ 9PM
10/24 @ 10PM
KLRN - San Antonio, TX – 11/3 @ 10PM
KPBS - San Diego, CA – 10/22 @ 2PM
– 11/8@ 11PM
WETA - DC – 9/20 @ 10:30 PM
– 10/29 @ 12PM
CA – 11/16 @ 9PM
Guerrero: The Original Chicano" has also
run in many other markets, both small and large through
the present, 2008.
Los Angeles Latino International
Film Festival 2006
Puro Mexicano Film Festival (Tucson, Arizona) 2006
Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara 2007
Primer Festival de Cine Chicano en Mexico (Mexico
Turks & Caicos International Film Festival 2007
International Latino Film Festival San Francisco 2007
Lalo Guerrero Film and Arts Festival (Palm Desert,
Festival Internacional de Cine de la Frontera (Ciudad
Juarez, Mexico) 2008
Cine Golden Eagle Awards- Best Open for a Documentary
2007 Imagen Award- Best Documentary
2007 Alma Award Nomination- Outstanding Made for TV
2007 Sal De Mer Award, Turks and Caicos in the Carribean-
Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Song
"Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano"
"Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano DVD/CD
is currently out of stock. My brother Dan and
I are soon going to make the DVD and CD available by
View the trailer below on you tube:
in the middle of the video screens or on the play
button on the lower left.)
"Chicano Rock: The Sounds of East Los Angeles"
A documentary about the history of Chicano rock 'n' roll,
inspired by the book "Land of a Thousand Dances"
by Tom Waldman and David Reyes. "From Ritchie Valens
to Los Lobos and beyond, we'll tell the story of kids from
East Los Angeles who struggled to find a musical identity
of their own, and succeeded." Underwritten in part
by a grant from
Broadcasting. The latest funding for the project
is by the California Council for the Humanities and the Skirball
Foundation. Jon Wilkman is the producer/director/writer
of the documentary. There is vintage footage of the
musicians and historic events as well as interviews with the
artists mentioned below in the flyer. There are also
interviews with disc jockey Casey Kasem, newsman Tony Valdez,
Oldies But Goodies creator Art Laboe, and authors Steven Loza,
Tom Waldman, David Reyes, and Ruben Molina. It had its
first air date of Sunday, December 14, 2008 at 9 p.m. on PBS.
For more information go to
There was a premiere of the documentary at the Million Dollar
Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 9, 2008 that included
a concert featuring Mark Guerrero backed by Franke Garcia's
Cannibal & the Headhunters Band, Steve and Rudy Salas
of Tierra, and Pachuco Jose y Los Diamantes. "Chicano
Rock: The Sounds of East Los Angeles" is available at
amazon.com at the link below. See the flyer directly
October 9, 2008-
Million Dollar Theater- 307 S. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles,
July 3, 2009-
Silent Movie Theater- 611 N Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, California
July 27, 2009-
Muckenthaler Cultural Center- 1201 West Malvern Avenue Fullerton,
September 24, 2009- Grammy Museum- Los Angeles, California
Winner of the 2009 Best Documentary at the
Reel Rasquache Festival of the U.S. Latino Experience in
Film and Art.
View the trailer below on you tube:
in the middle of the video screens or on the play button on
the lower left.)
Rock, and Soul"
A seven DVD collection of
"live" performances taped in Pittsburgh, PA in 2010 and aired on
PBS as a pledge drive special in 2011. Performers include
Davy Jones, Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Vogues, Lou Christie,
Peter Noone, The Kingsmen, Percy Sledge, The Miracles, Gary
Lewis & the Playboys, The Ventures, ? & the Mysterians, Steam,
Jefferson Starship, Mason Williams, Eric Burdon, Mitch Ryder,
Eddie Floyd, Roger McGuinn, Chad & Jeremy, Cannibal & the
Headhunters (Mark Guerrero on guitar/backing vocals), and Eddie
here to order. You can google the title "60s Pop Rock
& Soul 7 dvd set" and find it on other sites at varying prices.
"El Chicano: In the Eye of the Storm"
A documentary about Latin rock pioneers, El Chicano, by Daniel
Meza. There is vintage footage of El Chicano and historical
events of the time as well as recent interviews with band
members. I was also interviewed by Daniel for it in
'07. "El Chicano: In the Eye of the Storm"
places El Chicano in the social and political context of the
times in which they emerged. "El Chicano:
In the Eye of the Storm" DVD is available at amazon.com
at the link below.
On May 23, 2008, original members of El Chicano reunited after
30 years, and performed at the Avalon in Santa Clara.
This clip was recorded on one of the days leading up to that
concert. El Chicano plays "El Grito" together for
the first time in years, working out the kinks in the process.
See the reunited
original El Chicano rehearsal below:
"Rock & Roll Made
From Evolution to Revolution"
Documentary by Fito de La Parra of Canned Heat about the history
of rock & roll in Mexico. It's extremely well done
and thorough. Fito was born and grew up in Mexico where
he was a member of many popular bands. He came to the
U.S. in his late teens in pursuit of his rock & roll dreams
and eventually became the drummer for the legendary Canned
Heat. He was on the drums at the historic Woodstock
Festival in 1969.! The documentary is filled with historic
footage of bands and singers from the 50s on up It has
many interviews with participants videotaped in recent years.
I didn't know 95% of the story, which includes the brutal
government censorship and violent crackdowns on rock &
roll in Mexico. I also didn't know that there was a
"Mexican Woodstock" in the early 70s, where hundreds
of thousands of Mexican "hippies" showed up for
a concert. My dad's (Lalo Guerrero) song "Marihuana
Boogie" is in the documentary. For more info on
the documentary visit its my space page:
to order "Rock
& Roll Made In Mexico: From Evolution to Revolution"